Funnybook Babylon

July 29, 2009

FBBP #106 – Blackest Night Reviewed

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , — Chris Eckert @ 10:01 pm

The Dead Shall Rise!When there is no more room in Hell, the Summer Crossover will walk the Earth! DC’s Blackest Night has begun, the culmination of Geoff John’s multi-year run on Green Lantern. It’s everyone who’s alive fighting everyone who’s dead! Plus some people with different colored rings fighting too! Does it deserve a less reductive description? Listen and learn!

July 27, 2009

Working Through the Pile: Pedro’s MoCCA Haul

Filed under: Reviews — Pedro Tejeda @ 8:38 pm

One of the things left off of our MoCCA podcast was the amazing amount of material we purchased at the show. Isn’t that the point of MoCCA: to discover new books and get the hotness everyone keeps talking about? If I don’t walk away with less money in my pocket and a pile of books to read through, I wouldn’t be able to say that I had a good time. This MoCCA was no different than previous shows, but I did find my selections partly driven by my experience reading Denis Barjam’s Universal War One.

FBBP #105 – Wednesday Comics Reviewed

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: — Chris Eckert @ 4:35 pm

Everyone back from San Diego? Great, prepare for a barrage of three podcasts this week! First on the docket is a look at DC’s Wednesday Comics project. If you haven’t been checking out WC, you probably should. Next up: Blackest Night #1!

July 24, 2009

FBBP #104 – Two Greeks and a Cry for Justice

Technical difficulties and summer vacation put this recording through the wringer, leading to compromised sound quality and a lack of timeliness. BE FOREWARNED!

Since we recorded this podcast, Justice League: Cry for Justice has been dogpiled by an all-star cast of bloggers. It was relatively fresh news when we recorded, but it’s still a pretty bad comic!

Additionally, we look at two books about Greek emigres, David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp and Peter Milligan & Davide Gianfelice’s Greek Street #1. One of them is an easy lock for Book of the Year, while the other is the latest in a line of disappointing first issues from Vertigo. Which is which? Listen and find out!

July 23, 2009

Fanboy, Twihard, Otaku: Obsession is Never Good

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , — David Uzumeri @ 1:43 pm
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I just read an editorial by Sarah Jaffe of Blog@Newsarama that largely centered around the negative reaction we’re seeing to the Twilight fans practically storming San Diego as we speak. I don’t disagree that a lot of the negative reaction to their presence this year is instigated by either overt or covert sexism, nor do I disagree that, say, G.I. Joe fans should probably not be throwing stones about literary merit in their glass house. There’s certainly a segment of the commenting population that’s pissed off that girls are invading their boys’ club. I don’t deny that.

July 6, 2009

FBBP #103 – Peeking into Longbox

Filed under: Podcasts — Chris Eckert @ 7:59 pm

In the second part of our recording session, we take a look at Rantz Hoseley’s mysterious project Longbox — iTunes for Comics! There’s lot of vague predictions and pronouncements about Longbox, and it’s far enough from launch that most of the talk about it is pure speculation. And we’re going to add to that speculation. Is digital distribution the future? Will it hurt the direct market? Will there be DRM? Will the whole project work? Your guess is as good as ours, but ours is on a podcast!

July 2, 2009

Lots of Thoughts About Superheroes Kissing

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , — Chris Eckert @ 12:23 pm

Last week’s X-Factor featured a “cliffhanger” kiss between Shatterstar and Rictor, something making the rounds on the Internet as “mainstream comics book world’s first gay kiss“. While any good publicity is, well, good, this is not Team Comics’s First Gay Kiss. It’s not even the X-Men’s first gay kiss: I’m pretty sure that honor belongs to 2002’s X-Force #118:

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